The truth is, nobody’s perfect. We’re all prone to semiconscious verbal foul-ups that make us look less than impressive. That’s why we all need a reminder now and then. Here are 10 examples of unprofessional behavior to avoid.
With the rise of Twitter, it may seem counterintuitive that long emails would be a sign of modern entry-level professionals. Composing an email that resembles the five paragraph college essay is a guaranteed way to make sure none of the message will be read, especially if sent to an executive.
"In my opinion"
Sure, it is great- and even encouraged- to have an opinion, and sharing them with your supervisor at the appropriate time will be welcome. However, constantly stating “in my opinion” every time you are sharing your point of view with the team either shows that you are being defensive and unwilling to be part of a team, or it signals that you are uncertain and may not yet be ready for an advancement opportunity. Either way, you are better off simply stating your opinion.
While this should be common sense, one would be surprised to realize how many individuals who identify themselves as professionals also believe that the common use of profanities is acceptable in a professional setting.
Regardless of how unconventional the workplace may be, hearing a string of curse words in an office is the ultimate sign of unprofessional behavior.
Being inquisitive is a great trait. Today’s employers greatly value curious employees who think deeper and want to learn more. However, no one – truly no one – prefers to hear someone end every statement on an "up" note. This upspeak habit makes statements sound like questions.
Maybe it's because we are confused by the intent or because it reminds us of those trying years when toddlers ask “why?” continually, but falsely adding a question mark to every sentence is grating. Look to moderate your speech so each idea receives its intended effect, and reserve ending on a high note for your work performance.
You know this routine very well; it has become second nature to the point where you barely realize yourself doing it. When you disagree with whomever is speaking, your instincts kick in and you think you are being subtle by simply reacting with your eyes, however don’t be too comfortable with this behavior as chances are your supervisor has noticed what you are doing.
They may not have mentioned it directly, but your supervisor observing these signs of disengagement make it significantly less likely that you will be able to advance up the office hierarchy. If you are frustrated with a certain decision, it is always easiest to discuss it with your supervisor or whoever is concerned directly and clear the air.